07/12/13 – DLNR Holds Public Information Meeting On Water Propulsion Jet Packs

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Boating & Ocean Recreations, News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release July 12, 2013

DLNR HOLDS PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
ON WATER PROPULSION JET PACKS

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, in the DLNR Board room 132 located at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Kalanimoku building, Honolulu, to discuss plans and possible state rules for modified water propulsion jet packs.

Due to concerns raised by the public regarding the use of jet packs (popularly known as JetLev or Flyboards) in Hawaii’s nearshore waters, DLNR is inviting the United States Coast Guard and interested members of the public, including ocean users and current jet pack operators, to meet and discuss usage issues, safety concerns, classification and possible regulation of these jet pack devices..

Water propulsion jet packs consists of a boat unit that delivers pressurized water to an airborne flight unit worn on the user’s back. The boat unit can be manned or unmanned. In addition, the pressure from the flight unit can “fly” an operator up to 30 feet above the water and travel at top speeds of about 32 mph.

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Links to video examples:
JetLev example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41twCRemYd4
Flyboard example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4Bm3cs9TFo

For more information, news media may contact:  
 
Deborah Ward, 
DLNR Public Information Specialist  
Phone: (808) 587-0320